Virtual Institute — High Productivity Supercomputing

20th VI-HPS Tuning Workshop (RIKEN AICS, Kobe, Japan)


Wednesday 24th - Friday 26th February, 2016.


The workshop will take place at RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS), 7-1-26, Minatojima-minami-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, 650-0047, Japan.



This workshop is organized by VI-HPS and RIKEN AICS, with Kobe University's Graduate School of System Informatics and Educational Center on Computational Science and Engineering and Tokyo Institute of Technology Global Scientific Information and Computing Center, to:

  • give an overview of the VI-HPS programming tools suite
  • explain the functionality of individual tools, and how to use them effectively
  • offer hands-on experience and expert assistance using the tools

On completion participants should be familiar with common performance analysis and diagnosis techniques and how they can be employed in practice (on a range of HPC systems). Those who prepared their own application test cases will have been coached in the tuning of their measurement and analysis, and provided optimization suggestions.

Programme Overview

Presentations and hands-on sessions are on the following topics:

  • TAU performance system
  • Score-P instrumentation and measurement
  • Scalasca automated trace analysis
  • BSC tools for trace analysis and performance prediction

A brief overview of the capabilities of these and associated tools is provided in the VI-HPS Tools Guide.

The workshop will be held in English and run from 09:00 to not later than 18:00 each day, with breaks for lunch and refreshments. There is no fee for participation, however, participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

Classroom capacity is limited, therefore priority will be given to applicants with MPI, OpenMP and hybrid OpenMP+MPI parallel codes already running on the workshop computer systems, and those bringing codes from similar systems to work on. To connect to the workshop computer systems, participants are expected to use their own notebook computers with SSH and X11 configured.


The workshop introduces the open-source community-developed Score-P instrumentation and measurement infrastructure, and the Scalasca and TAU tools using it, to provide a practical basis for portable performance analysis of parallel applications. It will be delivered as a series of presentations with associated hands-on practical exercises using a Fujitsu PrimeHPC FX10 and/or K computer. Starting with basic application instrumentation and measurement to generate execution profiles, then improving measurement quality via customization capabilities, progresses to interactive and automated analyses of execution traces.

While analysis of provided example codes will be used to guide the class through the relevant steps and familiarise with usage of the tools, coaching will also be available to assist participants to analyse their own parallel application codes and may suggest opportunities for improving their execution performance and scalability. Specifics relevant to use of K computer, such as its interconnection network, hardware counters, batch job file staging, etc., will also be covered.

RIKEN video of workshop presentation sessions on YouTube.


Day 1: Wednesday 24th February
09:00 Welcome message [Murai, RIKEN AICS]
09:15 Introduction
  • Introduction to VI-HPS & overview of tools [Wylie, JSC]
  • Introduction to parallel performance engineering [Feld, JSC]
  • Lab setup
  • Computer systems and software environment
  • Building and running NPB-MZ-MPI/BT-MZ
  • 10:30 (break)
    11:00 TAU performance system [Shende, UOregon]
  • TAU hands-on exercises
  • 12:30
    14:00 Hands-on coaching to apply tools to analyze participants' own code(s).
    17:00 Review of day and schedule for remainder of workshop
    17:30 (adjourn)

    Day 2: Thursday 25th February
    09:00 Instrumentation & measurement with Score-P [Feld, JSC]
  • Score-P hands-on exercises
    Execution profile analysis report exploration with CUBE [Wylie, JSC]
  • CUBE hands-on exercises
  • 10:30 (break)
    11:00 Configuration & customisation of Score-P measurements [Feld, JSC]
  • Score-P hands-on exercises
    Automated trace analysis with Scalasca [Wylie, JSC]
  • Scalasca hands-on exercises
  • 12:30
    14:00 Hands-on coaching to apply tools to analyze participants' own code(s).
    17:00 Review of day and schedule for remainder of workshop
    17:30 (adjourn)
    18:30 Social dinner: New Munchen restaurant (Kobe-Sannomiya)

    Day 3: Friday 26th February
    09:00 Understanding applications with Paraver and Dimemas [Gimenez, BSC]
  • BSC tools hands-on exercises
  • 10:30 (break)
    11:00 Hands-on coaching to apply tools to analyze participants' own code(s).
    13:30 Tour of K computer
    14:00 Review of workshop
    14:30 Hands-on coaching to apply tools to analyze participants' own code(s).
    16:00 (adjourn)

    Hardware and Software Platforms

    π (pi): Fujitsu PrimeHPC FX10 at Kobe University will be used for the hands-on exercises with accounts provided during the workshop:

    • 96 compute nodes comprised of SPARC64 IXfx processors (1.848 GHz, 16 cores) and 32 GB shared memory, Tofu interconnect
    • RHEL Server, Fujitsu MPI & compilers,....

    K computer: 864 cabinets each with 96 compute nodes and 6 I/O nodes, SPARC64 VIIIfx processors (2.0 GHz, 8-cores), 16 GB node memory, Tofu interconnect, FEFS filesystem, RHEL Server, Fujitsu MPI & compilers. Existing account required!

    Other systems where up-to-date versions of the tools are installed may also be used, though support may be limited. Participants are expected to already possess user accounts on non-local systems they intend to use, and should be familiar with the procedures for compiling and running parallel applications on those systems.


    To register and for general enquiries about the workshop mail

    Local Arrangements

    Miwako Tsuji
    Email: miwako.tsuji[at]

    Tuning Workshop Series

    Brian Wylie
    Jülich Supercomputing Centre
    Email: b.wylie[at]

    Additional sponsors

    KobeUKobe GSSI TITech GSIC